“American Muslims raise more than $119,000 for San Bernardino shooting victims”

    I’m very pleased to learn of this admirable effort, which was brought to my notice by Nicol Sorenson-Legakis:   http://www.people.com/article/american-muslims-raise-more-than-119000-san-bernardino-shooting-victims?xid=socialflow_facebook_peoplemagvnn           [Read more…]

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“The Prayer”

    I was extremely busy yesterday from early in the morning until late at night — it was, among other things, my last teaching day this semester, and one of the classes actually took its final exam — and I missed mentioning yesterday’s “Social” component of the Church’s “A Savior is Born” Christmas campaign: [Read More…]

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“Viewing the Temple through Wilford Woodruff’s Eyes”

    It’s Friday.  So, unsurprisingly, there’s a new article from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/viewing-the-temple-through-wilford-woodruffs-eyes/   Have you ever noticed, by the way, the column to the right on the article page indicating the different formats in which that article can be accessed?  You can obtain it in print, for example. [Read More…]

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“The Most Likely Spots for Life in the Milky Way”

      http://news.sciencemag.org/space/2015/12/most-likely-spots-life-milky-way     [Read more…]

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“What child is this?”

    Maddie Wilson offers today’s contribution to the “Social” element of the 2015 Christmas campaign “A Savior is Born”:   https://www.mormon.org/christmas/maddie-wilson     [Read more…]

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“Growing up Muslim among the Mormons”

    Thanks to Shereen Emara Salah for bringing this article to my attention:   http://davisclipper.com/view/full_story/26995597/article-Growing-up-Muslim-among-the-Mormons?instance=lead_story_left_column     [Read more…]

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Whatever it is, they’re against it. In fact, they HATE it.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has revealed the design for its soon-to-be-built temple in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Ground for the new temple will be broken on 12 February 2016, in a ceremony presided over by Elder Neal L. Andersen, of the Quorum of [Read More…]

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“The Trump Circus Rolls On”

    It’s unspeakably depressing to see the damage that a sinister and demagogical buffoon is doing to the Republican Party and to the cause of conservatism:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/428354/donald-trump-muslim-ban-absurd   Maybe this nation does, after all, deserve what it seems likely to get.     [Read more…]

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“Muslims, the New Mormons”

    Non-Latter-day Saint historian John Turner points to some resemblances in the reception of the two groups by the American public:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/anxiousbench/2015/12/muslims-the-new-mormons/     [Read more…]

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What ends a nation?

    Throughout history many nations have suffered a physical defeat, but that has never marked the end of a nation. But when a nation has become the victim of a psychological defeat, then that marks the end of a nation. Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) [Read more…]

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